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Who Will the Chicago Bears Pick in the Draft?

After giving up their first and second-round picks to acquire Jay Cutler, the Bears will have to wait until the third round of the NFL Draft for their first pick. As we approach the April 22 Draft Day, a number of experts and fans have been sharing their suggested Bears Draft picks.

In an article earlier this week on the chicagobears.com, the following experts’ (and randomly selected) picks were noted:

NewNFLDraft.com – Clemson guard Thomas Austin
The 6’3", 315-pound guard was a three-year starter and is ranked 20th by ESPN.com.

WalterFootball.com – Georgia Tech Free Safety Morgan Burnett
The 6’1" junior is ranked ninth and is projected as a third or fourth-round pick by Pro Football Weekly.

TheFootballExpert.com – Miami tackle Jason Fox
This 6’7”, 303 pound tackle, is a converted tight end and a four-year starter. He is the 11th-ranked offensive tackle in the draft and Pro Football Weekly projects him to go in the fourth or fifth round.

Drafttek.com – Indiana (Pa.) cornerback Akwasi Owusu-Ansah
The 6’7”, 207 pound Owusu-Ansah was a three-year starter and is projected to go as a fifth or sixth-round pick by Pro Football Weekly. He’s ranked as No. 24.

Squidoo.com – Oregon strong safety T.J Ward
At 5’10”, 200 pounds Ward is the fifth safety in the draft and projected as a third or fourth-round pick by Pro Football Weekly.

In other articles, ESPN’s Chicago Bears Blog by Jeff Dickerson, suggests after Iowa’s recent Pro Day that the Bears look at some Hawkeye players to fill their needs.

Amari Spivey, a junior cornerback, may go anywhere from the second to fourth round.

Two notable Hawkeye linebackers in the draft include A.J. Edds and Pat Angerer.

Edds, 6’4”, 246 pounds, was a three-year starter, while Angerer, the smaller of the two at 6’0”, ranked fourth in the nation with 11.2 tackles.

At bleacherreport.com, columnist/fan Bryan Dietzler throws out safety Larry Asante of Nebraska and Selvish Capers, OT, of West Virginia as two possible picks.

So who’s my pick? Hard to say but in full disclosure, I’m a Hawkeye so I think the three above-listed Iowa players would be great. Iowa had a top defense in 2009 and Angerer is one of the best in this year’s draft for linebackers. He finished 2009 with a number of accolades and could be a great addition to the Bears, who like to draft linebackers. Angerer would also have a great opportunity to play with and learn from Brian Urlacher. And like Lovie Smith, Kirk Ferentz has a pretty low-key personality.

Other linebackers the Bears picked up in third round? Lance Briggs. How’s he doing in the pros?

In other news

There have been rumors that the Bears will play the late afternoon game on Thanksgiving Day against the Dallas Cowboys. The schedule was supposed to be announced this week during the NFL Owners Meetings down in Orlando, Fla.; however, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said at the meetings, the schedule will be released in mid-April.

2 comments:

  1. This year's second round pick was traded for Gaines Adams, not Jay Cutler.

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  2. Anonymous #1 is correct about Gaines Adams, and DaBears playin Dallas on Turkeyday would be way cool

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